Named scholarships

When it comes to earning a college degree, the greatest obstacle can be funding.

For this reason, The University of Akron is pleased for the opportunity each year to assist talented, deserving students achieve their dreams, thanks to more than 1,300 named scholarships established through the kindness and generosity of thousands of UA alumni and friends, corporations, and foundations.

Scholarships truly are the best way to ensure that today’s students persist to graduation. Scholarships allow students to enroll full time and remain focused on their studies; they also reduce drop-out rates, decrease the stress of student loans, and shorten the road to graduation.

The need for scholarships grows each year, however, as students continue to face an increased financial burden in pursuit of a college degree. In fact, 94 percent of today’s baccalaureate students borrow to pay for college – versus just 45 percent in 1993. Across the country, the average college-related debt for borrowers in the class of 2016 was $37,172; for Ohio students, that figure was $30,239.

If you are interested in making a significant contribution to student success, please consider a gift to the MAKING A DIFFERENCE AND MOVING FORWARD scholarship campaign, which is the University's most important initiative. You may also establish a named scholarship at The University of Akron, which can be created to honor a living person, in memory of a loved one, or to contribute to the growth of an area of study.

To learn more, please contact the Department of Development at 330-972-7238

How do I apply for a scholarship?

This is not the page to apply for scholarships.

Students who want to apply for scholarships should visit the scholarship page on the Financial Aid site.

The Department of Development does not accept applications for or distribute scholarships. Scholarships are distributed through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid.

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Steiner, Eddie and Jane Endowed Scholarship

The Eddie and Jane Steiner Endowed Scholarship was established by the couple in 2019 for students at The University of Akron Wayne College and the University’s Millersburg Campus.  Eddie received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from The University of Akron, while taking most of his classes at Wayne College, and was recognized by the College with the Wayne College Distinguished Alumni Award in 2017.

Eddie and Jane desire to give back to Wayne College and to help current and future students through this scholarship. “Wayne College made it possible for me to pursue higher education while raising a family, maintaining employment, and staying involved in the community; and I’m very grateful for that opportunity,” said Eddie Steiner.

Eligible students for The Eddie and Jane Steiner Endowed Scholarship must be enrolled with at least six credit hours per semester at Wayne College or the University’s Millersburg Campus, and must have demonstrated financial need.  First consideration will be given to non-traditional students, as well as to current employees of The Commercial and Savings Bank (CSB). Recipient selection will be determined annually by the designated Wayne College representative or committee. The scholarship amount and number of scholarships distributed may vary, depending on available funds.

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